Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
How To Break A Record.
In 1973, a college friend of mine bought a 12-inch vinyl LP record album, Led Zeppelin II, and he'd lent it to one of his friends who'd used a cheap turntable with a bad stylus and scratched the vinyl record.
I'd gone to my college friend's home to spin some of his records and he'd shown me that scratched record, lifted up his right thigh, smashed that record into two pieces, and thrashed up the album cover in frustration!
He'd advised me don't ever lend any vinyl record to anyone, and I'd thought his action was what was called breaking a record!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Some 20 years ago, as you might have recalled, most CDs enclosed in jewel boxes were packed inside long paper boxes like this, as shown here.
Those boxes are nice and colorful and they are great collector's items of a bygone era.
Nowadays, only a handful CDs come in boxes like this, perhaps the so-called audiophile CDs, I guess.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, conductor Frederick Fennell, Audiophile Digital Recording, 1979. Made in Germany.
I'd bought this classical vinyl record brand new at a relatively high price, more than two times the usual price for any regular classical record in 1979.
This is the last and only piece of classical record in my collection, after having sold almost 40 pieces of other classical records in the past 8 years.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Time was timeless for an ancient warrior looking at an UFO flying over a valley.
Perhaps this is one of the best progressive rock albums ever produced. The rock group is Wishbone Ash and the gate-fold album is called Argus, recorded in 1972. But you won't find Argus in the lyrics of the songs.
I'd bought this album in 1975 from Kwang Sia Records.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I recall sometime in the early 1990s, I was at someone's home browsing through many 12-inch vinyl LP records that person had kept inside a re-used brown paper carton box once used to pack fruit.
On the four sides of that carton box were printed red color capital letter words: CRIMSON KING APPLES
That person didn't own any record of King Crimson. I didn't either, but I'd bought 10 compact discs of King Crimson in the 1990s.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I could recall way back in 1969 during a Chemistry class in my high school when the teacher was telling the students about a liquid chemical solution that had the color of dark purple.
One of the students exclaimed, "Deep Purple" and the whole class cheered and roared in laughter.
I didn't go and see the live performance of this band called Middle of the Road when its members came to Singapore in 1972.
But a school friend of mine did and he could afford only a low-priced ticket, far away from the stage.
However, my friend was smart enough to bring along his dad's powerful pair of binoculars to look at Sally Carr wearing a pair of very short hot pants.